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3rd November

1706 The Italian town of Abruzzi was destroyed by an earthquake killing 15,000 people.

1839 The start of the first Opium War between China and Britain.

1843 Nelson's statue was placed on top of the column in London's Trafalgar Square.

1903 Panama proclaimed its independence from Columbia.

1921 * Charles Bronson, US actor who starred in the film The Magnificent Seven (1960).

1933 * John Barry, English composer of many film scores including many James Bond themes.

1935 * Jeremy Brett, English actor who starred in the TV series Sherlock Holmes.

1948 * Lulu (Mary McLaughlin), Scottish singer who recorded the song 'Shout' (1960).

1957 The Russian dog, Laika became the first living creature in space inside Sputnik II.

1964 Lyndon B Johnson, who took over after President Kennedy's assassination, won the White House race.

1975 The Queen formally begun the operation of the UK's first oil pipeline at a ceremony in Scotland.

1976 Jimmy Carter with the "Trust me" slogan was confirmed as the next President of the United States after a closely-fought contest.

1985 In the High Court in Auckland, two French secret service agents Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur pleaded guilty to manslaughter and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

1997 Angry truckers blockaded French ports where thousands of lorries are at a standstill causing chaos around the country.

2004 George W Bush was elected president of the United States for the second time.

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